5 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Guy rings doorbell asking to speak about one of the politicians running.

Yesterday I had a gentleman ring my doorbell, ask for me by first name but said he is hoping for my vote? How would they get my name if the apt is under my gfs name? I didn't open the door but thought that was odd.

I am more or less confused, dont think he was malicious, but found it strange.

46 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Silverstein Petition to Ban Sale of Assault Weapons in Illinois

Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America.

Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois. The legislation spells out which weapons are included in the definition of assault weapons and also includes the sale of so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” of more than 10 rounds in a...

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Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America.

Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois. The legislation spells out which weapons are included in the definition of assault weapons and also includes the sale of so-called “large capacity ammunition feeding devices” of more than 10 rounds in a single magazine, belt or drum.

If you share Sen. Silverstein's concerns about gun safety in our state, particularly in light of the mass shootings in Florida, Texas and Las Vegas, please provide your contact information to stay updated on this legislation and other gun safety bills the senator sponsors. Thanks.

http://tinyurl.com/y8a3234p

    Silverstein Petition to Ban Sale of Assault Weapons in Illinois
    Long-time gun safety advocate State Senator Ira Silverstein (D-Chicago) has introduced a measure to address the sale of assault weapons, such as the AR-15, that have been used in countless mass shootings in America. Senate Bill 3297 will make it illegal to sell assault weapons in Illinois.
    http://docs.google.com
  • Neighbor Bob Life long Chicagoan, Forest Glen resident since 19

    I'm with Robin. I think this is just to distract us from his conviction for "Conduct unbecoming of a legislator".

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    Have you been to any of his Town Hall meetings? I've been to a couple and heard him express his strong stand on this subject. Attend a meeting rather than just take what you read about.

6 hours ago

Bird Calling

I am by no means a John Audubon, or a birdwatcher. But I noted a different birdcall over the din from the usual chirps, twitters, whistles, chortles, caws and tweets, this almost sounds like a larger bird of prey, different from crows and ravens, louder with a reedy shrill to the HARRRWWWWWW noise it makes. I want to saw hawk or falconish, but the bird remains sight unseen since I’m comfortably ensconced in my bed. With this warmer weather and longer daylight time, I am not surprised but does seem a little out of place for the neighborhood. Maybe I should break out the old DSLR and do a little birdwatching

8 hours ago

Morning dog-walking service offer

My teenage son is looking for opportunities to walk dogs in the morning between 7 and 8 am. Preferably between Byron/Warwick and Cicero/Kilpatrick area (south of 6 corners). You can contact me if you're interested. Thank you! -Scott

27 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Attempted Break-In at Saywer and Belmont - Avondale

Earlier this week (we think Monday-Tuesday), someone attempted to break-in through our basement door. They were able to get past the first door, prying open the lock, but were not able to make it through the lock on the second door (pictured here).

They did break off the center part of the lock. Unfortunately, we didn't realize this happened until yesterday as we rarely go in and out of that door.

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Earlier this week (we think Monday-Tuesday), someone attempted to break-in through our basement door. They were able to get past the first door, prying open the lock, but were not able to make it through the lock on the second door (pictured here).

They did break off the center part of the lock. Unfortunately, we didn't realize this happened until yesterday as we rarely go in and out of that door.

Strangely enough, on Wednesday night I was sitting in my car (not running, in park on the street) on a rather lengthy phone call and police came up to my car and asked what I was doing. Never seen them patrol this area before, wondering if anyone else has had break-ins and alerted CPD in the neighborhood.

12 hours ago

Skunks!!

Woke up to a house that wreaks of a skunk blast!

16 hours ago

  • Headphones for Learning

    Mrs. Park-Kim is asking for $357.53:
    My students need headphones when they are on iPads, Chromebooks, or computers so that they can focus on what they are learning on the online resources and programs.
    Belding Elementary School Comment

22 hours ago

LOST CAT: $$ REWARD $$

Our fur-baby is still missing!!! Her name is Bandit. She’s a 5 year old calico/tortie shell short hair mix. Bandit is very friendly, but aloof and hasn’t been outside without supervision before. She is not wearing a collar currently, and went missing near Montrose and Ridgeway the night of February 2nd 2018. Bandit requires a special diet and medication... it is urgent that we get her home ASAP. She is very treat motivated so she might come to you if tempted by food. If you see her please contact us at either number listed below.

She is incredibly loved & missed. Any information is immensely appreciated.

Dylan 708-738-8433 or Rae 773-628-4360.

22 hours ago

GATO PERDIDO- $$ Recompensa! $$

Nuestro bebito todavia esta perdido! No tiene puesto su collar y se perdio cercas de Montrose y Ridgeway en la noche de Febrero 2, 2018. Su nombre es Bandido (Bandit.) Es un gato Calico y tiene 5 anos. Es muy amigable, pero tambien distante y nunca sale afuera de la casa. Le gusta comer kibbles y tuna, entonces si le ofreces comida va ser tentado. Si ves a nuestro gatito bonito, Bandit (Bandido), por favor marcanos: (Phone numbers) La extranamos muchisimo!

Dylan 708-738-8433 y Rae 773-628-4360.

Jun 16

Updated 26 hours ago

Jeff Park Affordable Housing Opponent John Garrido Caught Violating City Ethics Law

John Garrido (CPD Lt. John Garrido/Former losing 45th Ward aldermanic candidate John Garrido/Leading outspoken opponent of the Jefferson Park affordable housing project John Garrido/(Likely) fake EveryBlock name-user John Garrido) VIOLATED the city's Ethics ordinance, per a report released June 15,2017: See the list of names, John Garrido is number 28, on the list linked from this 6/15/17 City Press Release:
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/ethics/provdrs/statements_of_financialinterests/news/2017/june/FIS-Viol-2017.html
"June 15, 2017
Employees and Officials Who Did Not Timely File Statements of Financial Interests

Employees and Officials who violated the Ethics Ordinance for failure to timely file 2017 Statements of Financial Interests"

    City of Chicago :: Employees and Officials Who Did Not Timely File Statements of Financial Interests
    Businesses & Professionals Artists & Entertainers Builders Caregivers Contractors Cultural Organizations Developers Educators Existing Businesses Food Service Establishments
    https://www.cityofchicago.org
  • How do i get in on 30% of my income for housing?

    If I had that available to me, I could actually afford a reasonable car payment to get to my job safely instead of driving my 2003 vehicle that's on life support.

  • @cubshawkbears, my car is early 90's so I feel your pain, I call it "the crate"

5 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Gunshots

someone else heard some gunshots around 12.30 am by central park and Leland

  • Avondale Logan Square Neighbor Avondale near Milwaukee

    Please call the cops when you hear shots. Your call could’ve caught these guys so that they can’t do it again and possibly injure innocent people.

  • "I'm pretty sure they were gunshots but I was too nervous and scared to call 911" If picking up the phone to call 911 scares you perhaps the suburbs are a better fit.

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Lost wallet

Hello! I lost my leather trifold wallet, close to the jewell on Lincoln and cullom. Please message me if you have found one !! Thank you :)

  • There was a posting on Next Door North Center from a man who found a wallet. It said to contact him directly through that app.

  • Was it Jason? I just messaged him. Thanks for looking out!! :)

  • Yes, that’s the one. I hope it all works out!

40 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Doorbell Ringing Near Milwuakee and Kildare

Has anyone's doorbells been ringing from 1 am to for 4 am lately? My family and I are quite worried about this incident. There was no banging of doors, but the doorbells were just at it.

  • Has this happened more than once? Do you have a wireless doorbell? After I installed one I bought at Home Depot, my doorbell would ring but there’d be no one on my porch. I was perplexed for months until I noticed that every time this happened there was someone at the door on my neighbor’s porch across the street. Their wireless doorbell was apparently set to the same frequency so whenever someone pushed their doorbell, it rang at my house.

  • Same here with the wireless doorbell. We had to finally get rid of ours, after we realized it rang everytime there was someone at the door of the house across the street from us. Hope that is all it is for you. If not, I would be installing cameras.

3 days ago

4 days ago

Read All About It! FAiR Newsletter February 2018 is Out - Jet Noise and Health

Greetings My Neighbors,

Sharing this with you from the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition. The lead story is about the impact of airplane noise on and in our lives.

JET NOISE AND HEALTH

Chicago and suburban residents under the O’Hare flight paths currently experience jet noise in the range of 65 - 110 decibels on a 24/7 basis. Those living immediately adjacent to the boundary of O’Hare, like the residents of Park Ridge, Bensenville, and the 41st Ward, experience noise levels close to 120 decibels (the sound at which aircraft take off).

https://www.fairchicago.org/single-post/2018/02/18/FEBRUARY-NEWSLETTER-PART-2

    Fair Allocation In Runways | Chicago | Fair
    FAiR Allocation In Runways; Improving the quality of life in Chicagoland and NW Indiana neighborhoods negatively impacted by aviation changes.
    https://www.fairchicago.org

Feb 13

Updated 4 days ago

Dibs are not only Unappreciated, but Also Illegal

Hey everyone, I know with the snow this year it's a real pain in the butt to dig your car out from the side of the road. But dibs are tacky, unhelpful, and make our beautiful neighborhood look like a dump. If everyone who dug out a spot left the spot, there would be a spot for everyone who needed one.

None of us own the streets in Chicago and none of us can claim ownership of a parking spot on these public ways. I don't even park on the street, but if I see dibs I unequivocally move them up onto the sidewalk in an unobtrusive area.

Be a good neighbor - don't place dibs.

Feb 16

Updated 5 days ago

Lost dog

Need help, lost dog last night 2/15/18 near Ainslie and Talman. If you see her, please call 319-389-7722. She is shy, so please do not attempt to catch her as this may scare her further away

Feb 17

Updated 5 days ago

Shootings near Ridgeway and Milwaukee

There have been shootings in this area before, but this week on 2/15 and 2/14/18 a couple of cars, one being a black Honda Civic, with their lights turned off have openly shot at the house second to last from the alley near Ridgeway and Milwaukee. If I had to guess, it’s the house with the 2958 address that got shot at.

The guys that live at the location are bad news. They attract violence. I don’t know if the...

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There have been shootings in this area before, but this week on 2/15 and 2/14/18 a couple of cars, one being a black Honda Civic, with their lights turned off have openly shot at the house second to last from the alley near Ridgeway and Milwaukee. If I had to guess, it’s the house with the 2958 address that got shot at.

The guys that live at the location are bad news. They attract violence. I don’t know if the shootings are gang related, but I’ve seen drugs and guns at that location and now they are being shot at. It’s really scary and there are a lot of little kids in the area.

Does anyone have further info or has anything to add to this post? I want to contact the police and anything neighbors can add may be helpful.

Thanks

  • Avondale Logan Square Neighbor Avondale near Milwaukee

    Thanks for the advice CK. I’ve already started emailing the 30th Ward alderman and will go from there.

  • Michael McDonough Resident of BelCragin

    To the post that suggested move , no! Why let this crime win.Be diligent and persistent and continue to call the police the alderman and especially your police district (25) commander.Something will be done.

5 days ago

Need garage space to rent

My name is Ross I'm looking for the right space to rent for my antique car and motorcycle. 331-980-7777 . Please need space please I graduate from Amundsen high school in 89

Jan 27

Updated 6 days ago

Building management

Hey neighbors, wondering who uses a building management company (we are less than ten units in our condo building) and if you recommend their services? Do they save you time and or money? Also, does anyone know of a service company that can do a once or twice a year building punchlist - walking the building to make sure things like emergency lights aren't burned out, fire extinguishers are current, etc?

  • We switched to good steward building management and they’re amazing. Wish we had done it sooner.

  • Hi, my name is Brian with Superior Property Management. Our company has specialized in the management of small condominium associations since 1985. Our website address is: www.superiorcandm.com which contains information on the services we provide. Please send me an email at: bksupcm@gmail.com with your property address and how many apts your association has, so we can prepare a management proposal for your association that your owners can review. Hope to hear back from you soon !!

Feb 11

Updated Feb 16

***REWARD***

***REWARD***

If any of my neighbors on the 3700 block of St. Louis / Bernard alley have video footage from Friday night and Saturday day (9pm Friday to 2pm Saturday, please PM me and I will gladly pay. Someone got into my garage, opened the overhead door and placed a piece of wood trim nails up on the threshold of the overhead doorway. The police will not let me file a report because I do not own the property and I saw the nails before I drove over them. Thanks very much.

  • Exactly, Jim. I should have driven over them so I could file a report to have when this nutter escalates

  • Carl Gergits Long time resident

    Sorry to hear that someone would do that. Good luck catching the goons......

Feb 16

Feb 15

Half-Staffing of the US Flag: Honoring the Fallen - Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer

The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from
Governor Bruce Rauner that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor of:

Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer

Please lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied by your agency's personnel from:

Sunrise: Thursday, February 15, 2018 until
Sunset: Saturday, February 17, 2018

Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff. (See picture)

Feb 15

Half-staffing of the United States Flag honoring the victims of the tragedy in Parkland, Florida

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida

Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby...

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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida

Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 19, 2018. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

Unable to lower your flag? Attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff. (See picture)

Feb 13

Updated Feb 15

Park District

Does anyone use the Park District exercise machines?
I never see anyone there.

  • I use Independence Park machines and the pool in the Winter. In good weather I run around the park.

  • Actually Independence Park is closer,but Dunham is always available in a.m.

Feb 15

New 17th District Commander introduced at recent meeting; carjacking task force announced

Creation of task force on carjackings announced at recent meeting hosted by Alderman Margaret Laurino. New 17th District Commander Susan Moss was introduced at meeting. Also, police report that a juvenile was arrested in the robbery of a Sauganash nail salon. http://nadignewspapers.com/2018/02/15/task-force-combat-slew-carjackings-announced/

    Task force to combat slew of carjackings announced -
    The announcement of a new task force to combat carjackings in the city and the introduction of new 17th (Albany Park) Police District commander Susan Moss were the highlights of a community meeting hosted by Alderman Margaret Laurino (39th) on Feb. 1.
    http://nadignewspapers.com

Feb 15

Position Opening at Irving Park Community Food Pantry

The Irving Park Community Food Pantry is seeking qualified applicants to serve as Client Resources Coordinator. The CRC provides Pantry clients with direct assistance to help clients access needed benefits and services. The CRC also manages the Pantry's Web SNAP program and monthly home-bound deliveries.

A background in social services and/or food pantries or hunger relief efforts is necessary. Spanish speaking required. This is a part time position.

Please email cover letter and resume to info@irvingparkfoodpantry.org

    Irving Park Community Food Pantry. Chicago, IL
    http://irvingparkfoodpantry.org

Feb 11

Updated Feb 15

Saving Parking Spaces

Yesterday I saw pretty many spaces saved on several blocks. The snow wasn't that bad that you had a lot of shoveling to pull a car out. This really needs to be addressed. I personally think it's really ignorant thing to do.

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

    After reading all the comments I can certainly empathize with various individual struggles. However, it does not change the fact that dibs is an outdated "tradition" that is rude, selfish and ultimately illegal. Moreover, it harms local area business by seriously reducing available parking throughout the City. Dibs spots are...

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    After reading all the comments I can certainly empathize with various individual struggles. However, it does not change the fact that dibs is an outdated "tradition" that is rude, selfish and ultimately illegal. Moreover, it harms local area business by seriously reducing available parking throughout the City. Dibs spots are typically vacant during the day which is when area businesses need them the most. I'm sure many on this thread will admit they reduce or eliminate non-essential driving when parking becomes limited. So that single selfish act of saving a spot multiplied by thousands of others can equal real economic pain for area businesses. So you had to expel a little effort to dig your car out caused by an act of nature. Get over it. Just like homeownership, car ownership has responsibilities too. You want to own and use a car? Shovel it out. Stop complaining. Stop making excuses. Stop acting entitled. Continued on next post…

  • CaseyM NorthCenter resident since 2001

    Exceptions can and should be made for elderly and handicapped. Just keep in mind that it's a slippery slope which has evolved into guys not wanting to get their loafers dirty while unloading groceries. And without exception, the worse argument I've heard on this thread comes from dibs supporters who...

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    Exceptions can and should be made for elderly and handicapped. Just keep in mind that it's a slippery slope which has evolved into guys not wanting to get their loafers dirty while unloading groceries. And without exception, the worse argument I've heard on this thread comes from dibs supporters who say that saving spots is no big deal, there are worse problems in the world. Yes, sadly there are. There are no words for the violence and mayhem that occurs in this City and elsewhere on a regular basis. That doesn't justify un-neighborly behavior. What a great message for our children. "It's OK little Johnny to lay claim to City property for upwards of a couple weeks a year by using an implied threat of violence and/or vandalism, there are worse problems in the world." By such logic I guess shoplifting should be tolerated because car-jacking is worse. Where does it end?? It doesn't. Removed entitlement turns into real violence, vandalism, or even a mother who was so pissed off that she shoveled snow onto a car that took her space. As we've hopefully learned, it might not have even been that person's fault. Maybe her dibs holder had been removed by someone else hours ago.

    Ultimately, we're never going to agree on this topic. So might I make a neutral suggestion instead. On the next material snowfall, everyone who is of able-body goes out and shovels a spot on the street that is not their own. Preferably for someone who really needs the help. Maybe we help create a new better tradition whereby a red ribbon on a stick means that neighbor needs help getting their car out. Who knows, maybe it will catch on and encourage others. Small acts of kindness. Less acts of selfishness. Diminished acts of violence and retaliation.

Feb 10

Updated Feb 14

Why is Dibs a thing ?

Why is it so that is now an unwritten rule that people can put their furniture to reserve public property ? We all know that we can't all do that, and it's always the same people, the folks that feel like they are entitled to things. We got like 1 foot of snow, nobody has shoveled the street, all the spots are their due to cars that were there during the snowfall, yet immediately 5-6 spots had furniture on them....

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Why is it so that is now an unwritten rule that people can put their furniture to reserve public property ? We all know that we can't all do that, and it's always the same people, the folks that feel like they are entitled to things. We got like 1 foot of snow, nobody has shoveled the street, all the spots are their due to cars that were there during the snowfall, yet immediately 5-6 spots had furniture on them.
It amazes me that some people think that only because they put a chair on the street I will park a block away from my house when I get back from work. This might've been an OK practice back in the day when most people had decent values, but nowadays you only get the douche-bags in society abuse these thoughtless, unwritten rules.
I don't understand why the city can't start enforcing the actual regulations and toss furniture off public property and issue litter tickets to people that won't comply.
And yes, I can kinda understand it if we got the same blizzard as several years ago, but for 1 foot of snow...seriously ? Just park like the rest of your neighbors and if you have to shovel for 5 min - big deal...

Feb 14

California Park Advisory Council Kickoff to Spring

https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/feb21-california-park-advisory-council-kickoff-spring-event-8506391/

Come out and meet neighbors. See the work that has begun along the river in California Park. This is the first time in decades that we can see the river bank unobstructed!
Feb 21st at Trigger on Addison near California. 6P. 10 dollar suggested donation. You can get tickets ahead of time or pay cash at the door. Pizza and Soft drinks will be served.

    California Park Advisory Council Kickoff to Spring Event
    Please join the newly formed California Park Advisory Council at their first fundraiser event. Meet neighbors, share your ideas for our park and learn about the new 312 Bike trail. Construction has already begun along the riverbank and portions of the fence have come down opening us up to the river for the first time in decades!
    https://chicago.everyblock.com

Feb 11

Updated Feb 13

Dibs

Well here's the thing I am 65 shoveled out my spot and have one car not 5 or 6 like many so I think it only fair the city does give you a warning and th garbage men will pick up stuff on the street after a resonable amount of time I do have a garage but no way I could get through the alley I would rather be in the garage so I did not also have to clean off my car plus I ran my snow blower down my whole block so my parking spot is my reward

  • i know what you mean about the alley, the ruts are so bad people are always getting stuck, plus there is no where to put the snow, esp. if you are in the middle of the block.
    You think the city could eventually go plow thru the alley in snow storms over 8".

  • Brushman4 Serving the best since "53"

    The city says no plowing of alleys, because doing so would collapse garage doors! Just hire someone with a backhoe and open trailer and have them haul the snow out of there.

Feb 13

Feb 09

Updated Feb 12

Snowblowing

I'd like to thank the person who came down Central Park with a snowblower. We are old, as is our neighbor...this act of kindness is really appreciated.

  • jeanniederman Retiree in Bville

    I think "me" wasn't venting as much as pointing out that it would be nice if more than one neighbor said "Thank you". I also snow throw my block, part of the alley and the block behind me. I do this because it's the right thing to do ( especially for postal carriers) and it makes walking my dogs easier. Jane I do agree with you about the karma but a thanks from folks is always nice.

  • Me

    @JaneSpec... I’m perfectly fine and don’t need to simmer down. Just trying to give you some perspective as to why an entire block might not be cleaned.

Feb 10

Updated Feb 11

LOST Cat - 100$ Reward

Hi everyone. Our forever outdoor cat Baxter (gray and white tabby on left in second picture) is still missing. We’ve never been able to keep a collar on him, he’s been neutered, not chipped. Small rip in left ear. Please be on the lookout and let me know if anyone has seen him. Please also take a minute to check any garages, basements, outdoor crawl spaces or under decks/porches, or basically anywhere a cat could sneak in to hide or get stuck. They are curious animas.
You may also call the number 773-407-6961 if you have any details regarding him or have seen him. A 100$ reward is up. Please and thank you.

  • We are a ways away but I will definitely watch for him and keep you in our thoughts. As someone who loves cats, it's easy to imagine how hard this must be.

  • Thank you all. We’re still holding out hope. I will give treehouse a call. We’ve checked with them to see if anyone brought a cat in like him but no luck yet. I don’t think he would gravitate to a colony but you never know.

Feb 10

Updated Feb 11

Electrician

I would like a recommendation for an electrician.

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Put down the shovel, your heart may thank you for it says Chicago cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen

The biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicagoland area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.

"Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart," says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart...

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The biggest snowstorm of the year is bearing down on the Chicagoland area and while outside may look like a winter wonderland, it could be creating a perfect storm for cardiac arrest. Shoveling can be a dangerous activity, causing approximately 100 deaths each winter.

"Most people underestimate how much shoveling can strain the heart," says cardiologist Dr. Harry Cohen of CardioMedical Associates, Ltd in Chicago. “it can be especially dangerous for those who have or are at risk for heart disease.” Shoveling, or pushing a heavy snow blower, can cause a sudden increase in blood pressure and heart rate while the cold air constricts blood vessels and decreases the flow of oxygen to the heart. Together, these two factors can trigger a potentially fatal heart attack. Those who have suffered a prior heart attack, smoke, lead a sedentary lifestyle or have a heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol have an increased risk.

Dr. Cohen advises against shoveling if you have a history of heart disease. If you must shovel, check out these tips from for safe, heart healthy shoveling.

• Talk to your doctor and make sure it’s safe for you to shovel
• Wait to shovel at least 30 minutes after waking up
• Warm up muscles before shoveling by walking for a few minutes or marching in place.
• Do not eat a heavy meal before shoveling
• Do not drink coffee or smoke for at least one hour before or one hour after shoveling
• Only shovel fresh, powdery snow
• Push snow instead of lifting it. If you do lift it, use a small shovel and lift with your legs, not your back
• Do not work to the point of exhaustion. Work slowly and take frequent, 15-minute breaks
• Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
• Dress in layers and make sure your head, neck and mouth are covered
• Watch for signs of a heart attack: lightheadedness, dizziness, shortness of breath, tightness or burning in chest/neck/arms/back. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 911.

  • Thank you for this. I have heart disease, and had double bypass surgery. Dr. Cohen is my cardiologist. He is a great man who saved my life. Please be careful shoveling snow.

  • fwiw, a Feldenkrais practitioner we know enjoys and recommends Petra Kolber's "CARDIO FOR BEGINNERS" for low-impact aerobic conditioning (search "CARDIO FOR BEGINNERS DVD Petra Kolber" ).

    Jose, many post-bypass people don't recover their confidence, which can impede their fullest possible recovery. Sounds like Dr Cohen offers prudent guidance and influences his patients towards a positive outcome and quality of life post surgery. If I ever need a cardiologist, he's certainly one I'd consult with.

Feb 06

Updated Feb 11

Garage Break In

Just wanted to let everyone know that my garage and car were broken into last night 4700 block of Hamlin. I followed the snow prints and it looked like they case a couple of my neighbors too.

Got some cash and a credit card where he went to McDonald's and Walgreens before I was alerted.

Filed police report but let's be on the lookout.

Don't want to sound like one of those people but some guys knocked on my door Sunday to offer shoveling. Coincidence?

  • George F in Ravenswood displaced New Yorker

    Most of the murders and victims of murders in this city are in the african american community. How many of them do you suppose are here illegally? It's a mistake to believe that illegal immigration causes a significant spike in crime. It has nothing either to do with political affiliation. NYC has a very liberal democratic Mayor, and the state a very liberal, democratic governor, yet they have fewer murders then us, a lower crime rate, more illegal immigrants, and four times our population.

  • George F I question your numbers when comparing NY to Chicago, sounds very unlikely. Even TV depicts people commonly getting beat up in NY going way back. Sometimes TV can show a remblance of reality. Yes, I know that commonly takes place here too. What has become of civilization?

Feb 11

  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    repair south wood porch. fascia. install drywall in rear enclose porch per building violation dated 7-24-09.- (no structural work)- all work same as existing; subject to field inspections

    4254 N. Tripp Ave. Issued February 8, 2018 Comment

Feb 09

Updated Feb 11

Still Missing - REWARD OFFERED

We are heartbroken because our little Luna is still missing. We are offering a $1,000 reward to whoever helps us find her. Please keep an eye out for her and share this with other neighbors. Thank you!!

Feb 09

Feb 06

Parking spaces for rent?

Wondering if anyone has any parking spaces for rent near Mozart and Berteau. Parking can sometime be difficult and I get home late and a parking space would be a huge help to my daily struggles for parking. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Feb 06

  • Chromebooks for Collaboration!

    Mrs. Sabo is asking for $1514.38:
    My students need six Google Chromebooks for collaborative learning and independent inquiry.
    Belding Elementary School Comment

Feb 06

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